1st Sunday of Lent (C)

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SOURCE: Catholic Kids Media – First Sunday of Lent 1C (2019)

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The readings for the 1st Sunday of Lent Year C demonstrate that we must give our whole lives to God

YOUNG CATHOLICS – In the first reading Moses explains that we must give our best offering to the Lord. The psalm sings of deliverance from trouble. In the second reading Paul tells us we must follow Jesus not just with our minds, but also with our hearts. In the gospel Jesus is tempted by the devil in the desert but resists, putting his trust in his Father instead.


  • Giving our whole selves to the Lord
  • Preparing ourselves for mission
  • Temptation
SOURCE: Young Catholics

Society of Christian Doctrine (SDC)
S.D.C. is a Catholic Society in the United Kingdom that works in the field of Catechesis and the spreading of the Word of God in different ways. Its website provides catechists and teachers with free resources that can be used in different situations to help passing on the faith to others.

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SOURCE: Society of Christian Doctrine, Catholic Mom, Diocese of Salford Office for Liturgy,

Catholic Kids Bulletin
SOURCE: The Kids’ Bulletin: A fun way for Catholic kids to learn about the Faith every week.
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Liturgical Activities


SOURCE: the Liturgy Centre, Catholic Diocese of Auckland. Click to download PDF

Family Activities

  • Lent is a time of prayerful reflection. Discuss with your family a time during the week or day that all radios, stereos, televisions, computers, and telephones will be shut off so family members can pray…
  • Will your family be open to God’s presence during the Lenten season? The traditional Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and giving alms, remind us that we need God…
  • While there is a tradition of “giving something up” for Lent, this year consider instead “doing something extra” for someone…
  • What Lenten observances does your parish have this year? How can you participate?
SOURCE: Our Sunday Visitor: Lifelong Catechesis

Word Sunday

A Basket for God

At the end of his forty days in the desert, Jesus was tempted. Beyond the temptations of the bread of the earth, the power of the nations, and the popularity of the Temple faithful, Jesus was tempted with a question of priorities. Who was the most important person in his life?

Lent is a time to ask the same question. Who is ‘number one?’ In the first reading, Moses commanded the people to gather the best of what they had, place those items in a basket, and present it to God in worship. When we give the best to God, we are not as tempted to keep those things for ourselves.

Create such a basket for your family. Have family members gather items that represent the best they have. (Be creative with these items. Think beyond material items. Also, think in terms of talents and time.) Put a sign on the basket that says “The Best We Give To God.” Put the basket in a place your family will see throughout Lent. Use the basket as a focal point for prayer. Let the basket remind your family what Lent is all about: who is ‘Number One!’

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8_Jesus TemptedMatthew 4:1-11

Suggested Emphasis: Temptation comes from Satan as he tries to get us to do wrong. Stand strong in the Word of God.



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Jesus fasts for 40 days in the desert and is tempted

Making the Connection


Grades 1-3
Younger children have a sense of right and wrong and are beginning to develop their consciences. Help them see that Jesus is our guide to living a holy life and trusting in God.


Making the Connection


Grades 4-6
Older children are learning to distinguish between the things they need and the things they want. We can help them to resist negative temptations by teaching them to distinguish between needs and wants.


Making the Connection


Grades 7 and 8
In the decisions they make each day, young people show their values and priorities. We can invite them to reflect on what values they demonstrate by the choices they make in their lives.


Lectionary Resources

Catechist Background and Preparation
Primary Session
Intermediate Session
Junior High School

Catholic Doctrine

Divine Election

PRIMARY SESSION – It is our Catholic understanding that when it comes to being God’s Chosen People, it is God who does the choosing. The choosing comes about because God is totally faithful and generous in love.

SOURCE: LECTIONARY RESOURCES  (RCL Benzinger) – All Rights Reserved


Teacher and mom, THERESA, creates Kids’ Bulletins, a resource for Catholic kids about the readings for Sunday’s Mass every week. More resources from Theresa can be found at Teachers Pay Teachers website. Click on image/text to download entire bulletin for your children.
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PASTOR JOHN STEVENS (6:01) – Dollar Store Item: Chocolate Cross Take Away: We are tempted to move right to Easter, and sugar coat the cross. This video is presented from a Lutheran perspective; Use your own judgment in adapting it when including it in your children’s ministry.

Filled with God’s Spirit

By Dr. Carol J Miller

Objects suggested: A cactus or picture of a cactus.

EXCERPT: A cactus is one of the most interesting plants in our world. The first thing you probably notice about a cactus is its sharp spines. The spines protect the cactus from animals that might want to eat it, but the spines also serve another purpose. At night the spines collect dew and that dew helps supply water to the plant. The cactus also gets water from its roots.

Cacti grow in the desert where it is very dry. They are able to grow there because their stems store water. If you were to cut a cactus open you would find a thick slimy substance inside. (Demonstrate this if you have a suitable plant.) The stem of a cactus is mostly water and this allows it to survive through the dry desert seasons.

We can learn more about our Christian faith by comparing a cactus to something Jesus said. He had been in the wilderness for forty days and he ate nothing during that time. He was very hungry and the devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread” (4:3).

Sermon Writer: Children’s Sermons – All Rights Reserved | © 1997-2020 Richard Niell Donovan; Click on title to read entire sermon.
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PURSUE GOD KIDS (3:12) – This video is written from a broadly evangelical perspective; Use your own judgment in adapting it when including it in your children’s ministry.

What to Do When You Talk Bad to Yourself

Do you ever hear words spoken to you that sound like the devil is trying to get you to do things his way, a bad way? Ask them to give examples.

For this sharing and for the next one have a piece of newsprint ready with the universal symbol for “not allowed” drawn on it (large circle drawn with a diagonal slash crossing through it). As they give their examples, write them in the circle so it will become a symbol of the kind of messages that are not from God. Do you ever talk bad to yourself? Do you ever tell yourself you aren’t enough—good enough, smart enough, fast enough.

Do you ever NOT do something good because you tell yourself you won’t do it right or be the best? Let them share examples if they are willing.

Then remind them that those kinds of words that they use against themselves are not God’s words to them. When God speaks in our hearts, it sounds like the Holy Spirit at Jesus’ baptism: “You are my beloved son/daughter. I am really happy with you.” When we talk like that to ourselves and others, we let God encourage us just like God encouraged Jesus.

SOURCE: Children’s Liturgy
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HZKIDS AT HOME  (10:15) – This video about how Jesus got tempted in the desert, and how God can help us resist temptation and make good choices makes some good points; Use your own judgment in adapting it when including it in your children’s ministry.

Resisting Temptation

Objects suggested: A bowl of candy

EXCERPT: There was a bowl of candy like this one sitting on the coffee table in the living room of Mary’s house. Mary’s mother noticed that she was looking at the candy and said, “Now, don’t you eat any candy until after dinner or you will spoil your appetite.” The candy looked so good and the temptation was so great. “Surely just one little piece won’t hurt — and mother will never know the difference,” Mary thought to herself.

Have any of you ever had an experience like that? Here is another story which might sound familiar.

“Put away your books and take out one sheet of paper and a pencil,” the teacher said. “We are going to take our weekly spelling test.” Johnny had an empty feeling in the pit of his stomach. He knew that they were going to have a spelling test today, but he watched TV last night instead of studying for the spelling test and he wasn’t ready for the test. As the test began, Johnny looked around the room and realized that he had a clear view of Sally’s paper. “It won’t hurt if I look at Sally’s paper just this once,” Johnny thought to himself. “I promise — I’ll never do it again and nobody will ever know.”

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SOURCE: SERMONS 4 Kids – All Rights Reserved; Click on title to read entire sermon.

Jesus is Tempted

By Dr. Carol J Miller

Objects suggested: None

EXCERPT: Does anyone know what it means to be “tempted”? [Thank each child for his/her answer].

Yes, tempted means to think about doing something that might not be right or good. If a class is having a spelling test, let’s say, and one of the children did not study the words and isn’t sure how to spell them, what might that child be tempted to do? [Accept all answers].

Have you ever been tempted? Sure, everyone has been tempted. I have been, many times. Let’s see how many in the congregation have been tempted [Ask for a show of hands].

There’s nothing wrong with being tempted. It’s only wrong when you choose to do the wrong thing. If we asked people to raise their hands again, we would see that all of us have done wrong things, probably many times.

Well, in today’s Scripture, the Holy Spirit––that’s another name for God––has sent Jesus out into the desert to think. Jesus needs to think about what he is going to do. He knows that he is special. He knows he has great power. But if he is loyal to God and tells people the truth, some people––some very important people––will be very angry with Jesus.

Sermon Writer: Children’s Sermons – All Rights Reserved | © 1997-2020 Richard Niell Donovan; Click on title to read entire sermon.



The Temptation of Christ

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rfour.org – GOSPEL

Jesus is Tempted

By Nathanael Vissia

Objects suggested: You’ll need two rubber bands (aka elastic bands).  Preferably, you’ll want the larger post-office type rubber bands for a better visual, but since you’ll be stretching one until it breaks, you don’t want it to be too big/strong because then it’ll sting even more when it snaps.

Lesson is divided into FOUR PARTS: Ask, Tell, Share the Good News, and Closing Prayer


  • Do you know what the word, “stress” means?
  • That’s right! It means the weight or “pressure” of one thing is placed on or “applied to” another thing.
  • For example, have you ever taken a rubber band and stretched it and stretched it and stretched it until it broke? [stretch the rubber band as you are talking. Time it so that you stretch it enough that it’ll break right when you say, “broke.”]



  • In today’s scripture story about Jesus, we hear that Jesus is experiencing quite a bit of stress.
  • First, he’s really hungry.  The story says he didn’t eat for 40 days and nights. That’s a long time to not eat, isn’t it? As kids, do not EVER do that, ok?


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Virtue of the Week


Faithfulness is the constancy of God’s presence and relationship with each human being made in God’s image and likeness…This is a story of how God delivered a small group of people from oppression and slavery and made them into a great nation. It is a reminder of God’s faithfulness to us and calls us to be faithful to God.


This reading is a joyful declaration of faithfulness. Saint Paul argues that in order to be saved, one must believe and confess. He says that these elements are essential to the virtue of faithfulness… Faithfulness is shown through the good works that we perform based on the faith that we speak from our lips and believe in our hearts


This reading is a joyful declaration of faithfulness. Saint Paul argues that in order to be saved, one must believe and confess. He says that these elements are essential to the virtue of faithfulness.


In today’s Gospel, we hear about how the Holy Spirit led Jesus into the desert where he was tempted by the devil. During these trials and temptations, Jesus demonstrates faithfulness, unlike the nation of Israel, who were unfaithful during their time in the desert.

Horton Hatches the Egg

In “Horton Hatches the Egg” we encounter a kindly elephant who is persuaded to sit on an egg by a mother bird who wishes to have an extended vacation. Little does Horton know that Maysie (the mother bird) is setting off on a permanent vacation in Palm Springs. Horton patiently waits for her return and never leaves the egg unattended even when faced with all kinds of challenges. Horton remains faithful. The story illustrates the way that Horton remains steadfast in his faithfulness. The story is a true example of what it means to be faithful, especially in the midst of trials and tribulations.

SOURCE: Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University; “Build. Plant. Grow.” = a free faith formation resource which aligns with the Liturgical Year of the Roman Catholic Church. The accompanying video is NOT associated with Markkula Center.

Lectionary Notes by Carolyn C. Brown

Oh No, George!

by Chris Haughton

This picture book has very few words.  It begins with Harry leaving his dog George at home telling him to be good. George reminds himself that he wants to be good but when he sees a cake on the counter, the cat, and a planter full of dirt he does everything he should not.  Harry is distressed when he comes home to the mess.  Later when they go for a walk George sees a cake on a picnic blanket, a cat, and a huge flower bed but resolutely passes by all of them.  The book ends with George looking at a trash can and thinking how he loves to dig in trash, then looking up in surprise as Harry shouts “George?” It reads in about 3 minutes.  Showing the pictures is essential!

SOURCE: Worshiping with Children: A blog by Carolyn C. Brown, a Certified Christian Educator in the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA).

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ROBIN MCNIEL-KANDERA (4:09) – A read aloud of “The Nonsense Show” by Eric Carle

The nonsense of trying to be what you are not

CAROLYN C. BROWN – “The Nonsense Show” is one of those books that need not be read in its entirety.  Instead, look at the cover with a chicken hatching out of a banana peel or the illustration of a rabbit pulling a man from a magician’s top hat on the first page and ask why the words say it is a nonsense show.  Then look at several other nonsense drawings, e.g. a bird in an aquarium, a fish in a birdcage, and (my favorite) a big yellow cat with one half covered in leopard spots and the other in tiger stripes.  Though the book jacket says it is an introduction to surreal art, it can be used this Sunday to point out the nonsense of trying to be what you are not.

Satan tried to tempt Jesus to be what he was not, i.e. a stuntman, a bread provider, or a political king.  But, Jesus knew that he was not any of those things.  He was the king of love, God’s son.  Like Jesus we are called to know who we are and not put on any nonsense shows trying to be who we are not.  We are God’s children and Jesus’ disciples.  Not putting on any nonsense shows is an especially good challenge for Lent.

SOURCE: Worshiping with Children: A blog by Carolyn C. Brown, a Certified Christian Educator in the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA).

Hard Choices

Children’s Readings

Opening Question: What does to mean to do your best? Who expects the best from you? Why?

In the story for the first reading, Dennis worked hard over a surprise test. He did his best, as God calls us to do.


Like Mrs. Strauss, God expects our best. Moses, the Law Giver, told the Israelites to offer God the first fruits and grains they harvested. This was best they could offer. Sometimes they were tempted to give God less. But he was to be first in their lives. He is first in our lives. And he expects nothing but the best from us.

Bridge Question: What or who helps you make good choices? How do you know when you made the right choice?

In the story for the gospel, three children faced a hard choices over sports, friends and parents. Which one to choose? All three chose love over self interest, just like Jesus did in the desert.


Janie, Sal, and Maria eventually chose the same way Jesus did, for the love of others. Janie chose soccer because her parents loved to go to the games. Sal decided to wait for the right kind of friend, the kind of person that makes good friends. And, Maria decided to move with her mother so her mother wouldn’t be alone. In the end, all three felt they made the right choice.

When we say “NO!” to selfishness we make the right choice. It’s the right choice because we choose for others.

Closing Question: Have you ever chosen for others’ good? What happened?

SOURCE: Word-Sunday.com
My FIrst Hands On Bible

Jesus is Tempted

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SOURCE: AVON LIGHT AND LIFE (3:42)My First Hands-On Bible is the preschooler version of the popular Hands-On Bible, which has sold nearly one million copies. Jesus taught with hands-on lessons and illustrations; My First Hands-On Bible uses the same experience-based learning to communicate God’s Word in an active, understandable way. My First Hands-On Bible doesn’t just retell the Bible stories; it also includes actual Scripture from the easy-to-understand and easy-to-read Holy Bible, New Living Translation. In addition to the stories and activities, there are fun illustrations, prayers, and a special Jesus Connection feature.
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THE ACTION BIBLE (2:31) – After being baptized by John the Baptist, Jesus goes into the desert alone to think about God’s plan for establishing a kingdom. Based on Matthew 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13

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